Schism on the Horizon in the Catholic Church?

gay_pride_zucchettoI’ve written extensively about the chasm that exists between American Catholics — a majority of whom support LGBT equality — and the church’s hierarchy, which has made opposition to LGBT rights a top priority for the foreseeable future. The division is wide, growing, and unsustainable.

One prominent scholar – Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, a renowned church historian at Oxford University — has gone a step further, predicting that the Catholic Church will “undergo a major schism” over its moral and social teaching, as well as “the way authority [is] expressed.”

What do you think? Is a major split in the Catholic Church imminent due to its mistreatment of women and LGBT people, dictatorial, top-down management style, outdated and unrealistic teachings on sexuality, and criminal mishandling of the sexual abuse crisis? If you’ve left that church, would you consider returning to a newly-formed splinter church whose moral and social teachings are firmly grounded in the 21st century? Pro-equality Catholics who haven’t yet left: would you exit the Roman Catholic Church in favor of a modernized version? Or would any split be too little, too late?

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  1. Friends

    The schism already happened! Luther and King Henry VIII spearheaded it. And at the moment, the Lutheran and Anglican Churches of the Reformation are doing at least as well as any other Christian denominations on the planet. Christianity will not fail, but the deadwood deadheads (not the GOOD kind of deadheads!) of the Vatican Mafia are bound to be cast into oblivion. The People of the Church will not put up with their hateful and evil antics for much longer.

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